Ventura 2017: HVAC Maintenance Facts and Tips
As the old adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, that is why it is crucial to learn preventive maintenance tips to keep your HVAC system functioning properly. Preventive maintenance for your HVAC should be done at least once a year for your cooling system before the cooling season, and for your heating system before the heating season, and for both system in the spring and fall. It is essential to do inspection, cleaning, or changing of your air conditioning, furnace, and heat pump filters at least once a month to save on energy expenses, and to prevent damage to your equipment.
Annual inspection is an essential part of your HVAC maintenance that must be performed one to two months before the start of the summer season. For your outdoor units, inspect for the refrigerant level and adjust as necessary; clean leaves, dirt, and debris from cabinet; inspect for the base pan for any restriction in drain openings and remove as needed; inspect and clean coil and cabinet; inspect and clean fan motor and fan blades and lubricate as needed; inspect the control box, wiring, connections, and accessories; and inspect compressor and tubing for any damage. Your HVAC system must be free of debris to clear the surrounding area and trim plants and shrubs obstructing your air conditioning unit to ensure that there is proper air flow. Your indoor units must be checked, cleaned, and lubricated as necessary including the blower assembly (blower wheel, blower housing, and motor), and for older models, you have to replace the fan belt and lubricate as needed. Inspect your unit for gas leaks, and clean and adjust the burner assembly as needed. It is essential to inspect your HVAC system’s safety controls and ignition system, the heat exchanger, heating elements, and flue system for proper attachment.
Install programmable thermostats to change the temperature while you are away or if you are sleeping to cut on your energy expenses by ten percent. Check your HVAC system while running to check for strange or unusual sounds; measure indoor and outdoor dry and wet bulb temperature; observe your unit’s capabilities and characteristics; measure low and high side system pressures; search for sources of strange or unusual odors; monitor heat pump and air conditioning systems for the right level of refrigerant; and monitor gas furnace for manifold gas pressure and correct line. If you are looking for preventive maintenance services, Ventura HVAC Maintenance can help you, feel free to check our website or homepage for more details so we can help you extend the lifespan of your unit.